Google Statement Click Through Rate SEO

Google’s Statement on CTR Controversy Only Promotes Skepticism

Last week, we wrote about the ongoing controversy over whether click-through-rate (CTR) impacts rankings, and how we thought adaptive search concepts dissolved the dispute. Since that post aired, though, Google has made a statement that raises eyebrows, seeds more doubt, and says so much because it says so very, very little. The Controversy: Does CTR Read more about Google’s Statement on CTR Controversy Only Promotes Skepticism[…]

Our baseball searches highlight adaptive search and CTR's impact on ranking

Click-Through-Rate, Rankings, and Adaptive Search

A poorly-worded document has resurfaced and rekindled a long-standing controversy in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) concerning whether a site’s click-through-rate (CTR) in the results page alters its future ranking. Background: CTRs and SERPs and Rankings Recall that the search engine results page (SERP) is simply the screen that you get when you Read more about Click-Through-Rate, Rankings, and Adaptive Search[…]

6 news sources for the SEO and legal blogging world

6 of the Most Important Outlets for SEO Information

While our Myers Freelance is indisputably the best source of information for search engine optimization (SEO) for lawyers (indisputably!), there is only so much we can cover in a single-post-per-week format. A lot of important information swims past while we pull out the most important fish in the river. For lawyers who are interested, passionate, Read more about 6 of the Most Important Outlets for SEO Information[…]

Baseline queries can net more objective data from Google Trends

Overcoming Google Trends’ Limitations With a Baseline Query

Online legal marketing is increasingly becoming a data-driven field. There are lots of numbers to crunch before knowing that a particular marketing venture—like a 3,000-word landing page on field sobriety tests—is going to be a solid investment for your law firm. Most of those numbers, unfortunately, are only accessible through programs run by marketing companies Read more about Overcoming Google Trends’ Limitations With a Baseline Query[…]

Optimal keyword density in SEO is a red herring

Is Optimal Keyword Density a Red Herring?

Keyword density. It’s such a widely-known dilemma in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) that Yoast handles it in its keyword checklist that is so popular on WordPress. However, as search engines turn away from traditional rankings signals and towards signs of user intent and satisfaction, that dilemma has evolved. Things have changed so Read more about Is Optimal Keyword Density a Red Herring?[…]

Perfecting technical SEO at expense of content is like putting lipstick on a pig

Google: Flawless Technical SEO Cannot Cover Up Bad Content

There are two ways to appease the search engine gods: With content, and with a well-functioning website. These two types of search engine optimization (SEO), though, are not created equally. We’ve been saying it between the lines for years, now: Exceptional content will always trump even the most technically proficient website. Finally, Google has openly Read more about Google: Flawless Technical SEO Cannot Cover Up Bad Content[…]

Quid pro quo backlink schemes can penalize a law firm's website

The Risks of Quid Pro Quo Link Schemes

Search engines are in the business of finding users relevant and important websites for a given search query, and then selling ad space on the search engine results page (SERP). Of course, this means that search engines need to provide solid results for the queries they get, or else their users would decide that a Read more about The Risks of Quid Pro Quo Link Schemes[…]

Evergreen legal blog posts are dying

Evergreen Legal Blog Posts are Dying

Our last two blog posts have been a bit of a blog series: First, we wrote a blog sample for corporate and employment lawyers. Then, we compared that post to our first blog sample from more than three years ago to highlight two important ways that our legal blogs have changed. In the second post, Read more about Evergreen Legal Blog Posts are Dying[…]

Technical SEO changes as Google advises against links from homepage

Google Advises Against Linking to All Pages from Home

Optimizing your law firm’s website for search engines is increasingly about hosting the kinds of content and information on it that potential clients are looking for. However, not all of SEO is about your content: You can appease or insult the Google gods with the technical performance of your website, as well. We’ve covered technical Read more about Google Advises Against Linking to All Pages from Home[…]

Google's algorithm change can hurt your law firm's ranking online

A New Algorithm Change, and How to Recover Lost Ground

Once again, the search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing worlds have been flooded with news of another core change to Google’s search algorithm. While the update came out at the beginning of the month, it only finished “rolling out” in the past few days. Now, the data is spilling in, rankings are fluctuating, and Read more about A New Algorithm Change, and How to Recover Lost Ground[…]

Google's search quality raters impact future algorithm changes

Google’s Search Quality Raters and Algorithmic Changes

If you’ve done any research at all about search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing for your law firm, you’ve discovered that search engines like Google rely on algorithms to determine what is relevant and important for every given search query. Google, however, knows that these algorithms are imperfect and subject to manipulation by professional Read more about Google’s Search Quality Raters and Algorithmic Changes[…]